Questions tagged [performance-practice]

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What is the meaning of the “chiaroscuro” sound that was considered ideal in Classical and early-Romantic Italian opera?

Apparently, in Classical and early-Romantic Italian opera (the "bel canto" opera repertoire), the ideal kind of vocal colour was a so-called chiaroscuro sound. The chiaro- part translates as ...
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Are German lieder usually flexible re male or female singers?

I've been listening to a lot of Schubert lieder - it's a form I'm learning more about. Are lieder vocals generally non-gender specific? It seems that there can be either a male or female vocal on the ...
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Extra notes (triplets) in a Bach manuscript?

My question relates to an answer by @Peter to this earlier question Different versions of mordents in Bach Invention No. 1 In C Major, BWV 772 Here's what we usually see However, in Peter's answer, ...
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How did Victorian Christmas carolers sing Christmas carols?

Do we have any idea of how Victorian Christmas carolers actually sang Christmas carols? What chords did they use, did they use ornaments etc, were there special ways that they ended the Christmas ...
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Playing symphonies by e.g. Rachmaninoff or Mahler using string instruments with gut strings (like more Baroque styled instruments)?

I was listening to some performances from Netherland's "All of Bach" group that performs Bach works on Baroque instruments. I quite liked the sound of the strings, and I thought that it ...
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Term for One person performing a whole Arrangement with nothing else accompanying (As a Cover)

Like how "Unplugged Version" means the Original Song has been performed with 0 usage of technology-stuff (other than Microphone) [No editing, Acoustic Instruments only, No Faders, No ...
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I can't play a piece after hours of practice! What do I do?

Right now, I am learning to play Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi (here is a link: ) and I need to have a recording done by tomorrow for the piece. I started learning ...
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Why do some pianists occasionally play their hands at different times?

Piano is not my main instrument, but I have always been taught that the same rhythms should always sound together. In other words, if both hands play on the downbeat of the measure, both hands should ...
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In general, do chamber musicians prefer to play from a score or from an individual part book?

Specifically in the context of Baroque trio sonatas. If part books are preferred, then what is the point of printing such works in score in the first place?
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Difference between notes and recoding of performed BWV anhang 122

During the past weeks I've been studying BWV anhang 122, the march in D major. Sheet music can be found here. I'm more or less able to perform the piece, though not yet at the tempo indicated by the ...
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notation: stems in different direction [duplicate]

Should I play G on the 🎼 twice or hold it ? I’m confused how to play the right hand. Help me. Thanks 🙏
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Has it always been the tradition for conceto soloists to have their music memorized?

At all the performances of concertos I've attended, the soloists perform without sheet music, whether it is a concerto for piano, viola, or horn. Has this always been the performance tradition for ...
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getting started with solo acoustic gig

Questions music I’ve been out of practice since 2004, and have finally decided to get back into music and do a solo acoustic gig. Formerly I was lead guitar for a country rock band, so going from ...
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adding to the discussion on forearm/wrist/elbow pain for pianists

Just as a follow-up to Forearm pain - practicing piano. I have been being cautious about my arm and elbow positioning while playing and still seem to have the aching pain in the right forearm and ...
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Are ups & downs/peaks and valleys inherent in piano practice and performance?

It sounds like a weird question, but I just don't know how to describe it in words; sometimes you are really good at performing the piece, and you feel enthusiastic and more confident, other times ...
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Are the same brain areas used for sports and music skills? [closed]

The setup to this question is that humans are good at predicting how things move, so a sportsman can anticipate where to move to on the field so they can catch a baseball that's in the air, or again ...
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The Blues Face: Origins

I'm sure plenty of you guys know this situation well: Someone's playing some blues guitar lick, and right as things get real stanky, they make a weird face, seemingly in reaction to the lick they're ...
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How can I start to feel the beat while playing an instrument?

When I hear another one playing a piece on e.g. a piano I can usually notice if he's rushing or slowing i.e. not "feeling" the beat. But somehow I can't feel it while I'm playing the piano either, so ...
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Which is more common when spinning a jogwheel clockwise, going forward or backward in time?

On a DJ controller, which is the more common default setting for jogwheels, say, on CDJs at clubs? Clockwise to move forward in time (toward the end of the song), or counterclockwise? I learned ...
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Do they make “karaoke” versions of concertos for solo practice?

Say I as a pianist want to play/practice Saint-Saens's second piano concerto, but I happen to not have a symphony orchestra in my living room. How can I play this? Are there "pianoless" recordings to ...
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Why doesnt my flute tone improve?

So i have been playing the flute for 5 years and a couple months ago, I purchased an intermediate level yamaha flute. I practice every single day for a minimum of an hour and i try to do long tones as ...
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How should I got about re-creating a melody in chiptune?

I am trying to recreate "Pure Vessel"(A.K.A. Path of Pain theme) by Christopher Larkin in chiptune. However, my first attempt at it was awful(my failed attempt), and I would appreciate it if I could ...
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Is there a musical difference between a work ending with a whole note and one ending with a whole note tied to an eighth?

Occasionally I come across pieces of music written for wind ensembles (or similar groups) such that the final held note of a piece is notated like so: In other words, the final note of the piece ends ...
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Any tips on playing 5 and 6 note tuplets? (sheet music in desc)

http://www.gangqinpu.com/pu/2015/7/2/104346_155341.pdf bar 66 - 73 the notes are easy but just timing the triplets with the dotted notes in the left hand (whats it called? syncopation?) here is the ...
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What is the historically informed way of playing the 1/16 notes in Handel's Water Music suite no. 1 overture?

Handel's Water Music suite no. 1 starts with a slow overture with 1/16 notes at the middle and end of each measure: Some performances play it "as written" [Koopman], but some play the 1/16 notes ...
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Should I use the sustain pedal when playing Bach fugues?

I'm Practicing Bach Prelude & Fugue in D . There is no pedal markings since it from Baroque eras , but i found in Youtube many Concert pianist Performing Fugue with Sustain Pedals. Am working for ...
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Practice and performance

This question is going to take some time to explain (at least for me), so pardon the length ahead of time. Also note that it seem like it elicits opinions but this is not the intent. I'm interested ...
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Grace notes: when are they played on the beat, and when are they played off?

Since my performance experience is mostly in music after 1850, and since my instrument very rarely has any grace notes, I've been mixed up for some time on how to play grace notes in different musical ...
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Very little time to learn pretty complex songs. What should my strategy be?

I got invited to join this band. They've got plenty more experience than I do, but I've been playing with one of the members for quite a while and, I guess, I wasn't doing so bad, since he's now ...
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Singing Exercises [closed]

I need some effective and efficient singing exercises to improve generally but also specifically to reduce the nasally sound. Also any exercises that anybody knows to help with staying in pitch ...
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Timing and performance

I love music and I want to create and I have an advanced knowledge of theory. But when it comes to performance, I fall flat. Whenever I am playing a bass or guitar, I become too overwhelmed and ...
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As a soloist, should I face the audience or the conductor during long tutti sections?

I am playing a violin concerto with an orchestra and a fairly large audience in a few weeks. So my question is, in the long Tutti parts where I don't play, should I face towards the audience, and what ...
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What can I do to stop getting nervous before and during a performance?

Normally when I have a piano performance/recital I tend to get nervous. I have done a couple of exams, and all I do is stare at the wall. But then I start sweating and then my hands are all sweaty ...
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What meaning has fingering when written “x”?

In many Louis Moreau Gottshalk's scores (eg. Minuit a Seville, Measures 15, 16 and others), the fingering is written "x" and not a digit. What does it mean ? I interpret "any", but I'm not sure. ...
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Practice techniques for footswitches

I do a lot of pedal switching. I have an RJM mastermind MIDI board which controls an Axe FX. I have two common problems when hitting a foot switch: Timing and Accuracy. Timing I would hope is self ...
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Need advice on simple audio mixer and setup for novice sitar player to play along with masters recorded audio?

Currently the person plays the recorded audio on her laptop and practices along with it, the issue is background noise and other household noise distracting her. I am not a qualified person, my ...
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What do I do when I feel lost when practicing a piece?

I've been practicing this piece for a while now and I just feel totally empty inside. I'm practicing measures and I feel like I'm not making any progress. I can play it with a slow speed but I feel ...
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Should I try to perfect every song I play at open mic?

I've recently taken to attending open mic nights to try and get some much needed experience playing in front of an audience. I've currently got two performances under by belt and I realize I have a ...
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How to maintain an existing repertoire of performance-worthy compositions?

As an amateur guitarist, I have to time-budget my daily practice. Thus, I can either learn new material or play through the compositions I want to keep in good condition for performance. Playing ...
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Antiphonal violins and the arrangement of the strings in an orchestra

I asked a question on the arrangement of the string parts in Music Fans recently: Question in Music Fans. I asked there since the question was inspired by a particular performance of a particular ...
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Playing the violin independently

I have been playing the violin for a few years now, but I've moved to a college where I'm not able to pursue the violin with an instructor like before. I've never played independently, and I'd like ...
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Theory vs Practice

I am a keyboard player. I've been playing for 8 years now. The reason I ask this question about the purposes, differences and priority of theory and practice is that I've been noticing some resonating ...
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Singing or playing up side down

I've always wanted to know how difficult is it to sing while being up side down? Remember Peter Gabriel? In one of his concerts he stands on a magnet platform in special shoes up side down and sings. ...
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Preparing for recording

I am an experienced musician playing over 30 years. But I have found out after attempting to record myself at home that I have nerves that interfere with the performance. What techniques do you have ...
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Linear Harmony = neo-medievalism?

How much can linear harmony (the Tonnetz, Neo-Riemannian theory) be explained, more than a century later, as a correction from overly vertical (chordal, Roman numeral, late 1700's) organization to ...
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Weird and Irritating Problem With My 3rd Finger in Piano Performance

The story goes like this: 3-4 years ago I used to practice with the Hanon book. I played the exercises with a fast tempo -- I didn't have good control of my left hand fingers, but I insisted on ...
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How can I find a room suitable for writing, recording and rehearsing with a band?

I've tried rehearsal studios, but you can hear the band next to you, so they aren't good for recording or writing. I've thought about renting office space, but the neighbors probably wouldn't ...
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Gaspard de la Nuit: Scarbo fingering

Does anyone have any suggestions for fingering and for practicing the scale-run at measure 228 in Scarbo? I am working on all three movements and have had particular trouble with this quick run. I ...
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What do you work on to get more confident, stay relaxed and play consistently?

I've been a self taught drummer for the past 18 years and only a few months ago started getting into drum notation and actually practicing rudiments. I'm realizing how important these both are to ...
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Where does the tradition of bowing after a performance come from?

Why do we bow after a performance? Where does this tradition come from? For how long has performers been doing this? Maybe there is some sort of interesting anecdote about this.